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Oprah's network lays off one-fifth of staff

2012-03-20 02:40:47 GMT2012-03-20 10:40:47(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2011 file image released by Harpo, Inc., Oprah Winfrey, right, is shown with host Rosie O'Donnell during the debut of "The Rosie Show," in Chicago. Oprah Winfrey's struggling network, OWN, is laying off 30 workers and restructuring its operations in New York and Los Angeles. On Friday, March 16, OWN announced the curtain on "The Rosie Show" will be on March 30, after five months on the air. (AP Photo/Harpo, Inc., George Burns/file)

FILE - In this April 14, 2011 publicity image originally released by OWN, TV personality and media mogul Oprah Winfrey presents at the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network portion of the Discovery Communications Upfront at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Oprah Winfrey's struggling network, OWN, is laying off 30 workers and restructuring its operations in New York and Los Angeles. (AP Photo/OWN, George Burns) MANDATORY

In this Sept. 21, 2011 photo released by Harpo Inc., TV personality Oprah Winfrey and rocker Steven Tyler are shown at Tyler's lakefront home in Lake Sunapee, N.H. during the filming of an interview for "Oprah's Next Chapter" premiering Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 at 9 p.m. EST on OWN. Winfrey is tasked with rescuing OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, after a disappointing first year. (AP Photo/Harpo, George Burns)

FILE - In this April 14, 2011 file publicity image released by OWN, TV personality Rosie O'Donnell, center, is shown with male dancers during the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network portion of the Discovery Communications Upfront in New York. Oprah Winfrey is tasked with rescuing OWN, the Oprah Winfrey

Lady Gaga chats with Oprah on "Oprah's Next Chapter" on OWN -- OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network

Oprah Winfrey's struggling television network, OWN, said March 19 it is laying off one-fifth of its workers and restructuring its operations in New York and Los Angeles. The decision to let 30 employees go is a "tough" one, but the economics of a start-up cable network didn't fit with OWN's cost structure, Winfrey said in a statement.

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